Pinaroo invites families back in after lockdown finishes
PINAROO Nursing Home has ceased the closure of the facility and is allowing family members and friends to visit their loved ones.
The decision came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned aged care facilities to allow visitors with strict restrictions enforced.
CEO and Facility Manger Melanie Calvert told The Western Star that it was a difficult decision but because there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Roma, and that because strict visiting restrictions will be enforced, it was best to reopen as of April 22.
“The wellbeing of the residents is parament and we understand how important social engagement and relationships with family and friends contribute to both physical and mental health of our residents,” Ms Calvert said.
The nursing home will be adhering to government guidelines and each residents will be only allowed to have two visitors a day for short visits only.
“The visitors must comply with having their temperatures taken and answering a series of questions before being allowed to enter,” she said.
“They must also adhere to our infection control guidelines as they enter and as they move through the facility.
“We have a new washbasin installed at reception so that we can monitor this closely.
“Social distancing during visiting still applies and we strongly recommend residents don’t leave the facility.”
In addition, as of May 1, all staff and anyone entering the facility must have the influenza vaccine as an extra protective measure.
“There is still apprehension about the future and how the situation will eventuate with changes in restrictions around Australia over the next month,” Ms Calvert said.
“We can’t afford to be complacent and our residents and families are aware that we maintain a low tolerance and will not hesitate to close the facility down again if cases are detected locally.”